Saturday, 2nd Week after Pentecost

Text: Psalm 30

Prayer Pointers:

To worship God truly

For a thankful heart

For those who lead worship

What makes a human being unique? What really, truly separates humans from the rest of creation?

More than one scholar (or pundit, for that matter) has declared that the thing that marks out human exceptionality is that we worship. We are a worshipping species; we search for something to which we can give our devotion, our praise. Luther famously said that whatever your heart turns to in every moment of trial, in every moment of joy, that is your god. Worship is simply the outward expression of that inward trust.

Psalm 30 captures all the aspects of what it means to be a human being: the specter of loss and death, the joy of renewal and fresh possibilities, and the relationship between God and the worshipper. The Psalmist captures both the reasons for worship and how it is done. Song, prayer, proclamation are part of the means, but thanksgiving is why. “O Lord, my God, I will praise/thank/reach out my hands to you forever.”

In our lives, with so many challenges before us, we would do well to remember what we are—beings called to worship—and remind ourselves of how and why we are thankful. God who is our Father delights in us, wants us to call upon him, and is always giving us blessings. Let us lift our hands to him, let us praise him in all times and places, let us thank him in every circumstance.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


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824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.